We believe our success in the frozen food and 3PL industry is only possible with the seasoned logistics professionals on our management team.
As part of a recent issue of COLD FACTS magazine, the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) interviewed Andrew Janson, President of Hanson Logistics, to learn more about the current state of the cold chain industry and how it may continue to evolve in the future.
Janson joined the (then) Hanson Cold Storage team in 2004 as Vice President of Business Development. He serves on several boards, including the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA) and is currently Chairman of the Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association (MFFPA).
COLD FACTS: With 27 years of experience in food logistics, what’s the most significant change that you’ve seen in the cold chain industry?
ANDY JANSON: Technology, without question, both in the warehouse and transportation. When I started in this industry, we were picking with paper and pencil. Applying labels to cases of produce was a big advancement at the time. Today we have computers on forklifts and many warehouses are completely paperless—scanning pallet IDs, directed put-away, EDI, satellite tracking of trucks, trailers and reefer units, energy management systems and on and on.
CF: What factors impacted Hanson’s decision to enter the 3PL market in 2004?
AJ: Customer demand for transportation services caused Hanson Cold Storage to rebrand our organization as Hanson Logistics and offer transportation services utilizing both asset and non-asset based solutions.
Read more of the interview at www.gcca.org.